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Not investing to tackle VAC can result in social/economic loses says expert

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Not investing to tackle VAC can result in social/economic loses says expert

By John Akubo

Failure to invest in tackling Violence against Children (VAC) can lead to substantial social and economic loses estimated at 2.8% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) an expert who is a consultant with ActionAid Nigeria, Grace Dafiel has said.

Dafiel gave the indication at one-day meeting organised for media practitioners in Kogi on, “Ending Violence Against Children” at NUJ Press Centre, Lokoja yesterday.
The seminar was organised by Smile in collaboration with the state Minitry of Women Affairs and Social Development with support from ActionAid Nigeria (AAN) and Catholic Relief Service (CRS).

She said there is also growing evidence base to demonstrate that preventing violence can promote economic growth saying that VAC was not just a child protection or rights issue but a moral imperative.
According to her, “For the first time, in 2013, the prevention and effective response to violence agaisnt children was linked to the sustainable development of Nigeria as a nation.
Dafiel held that a situation where “All children are safe from abuse, violence, exploitation and neglect” was one of the six commitments of the National Priority Agenda (NPA) for Vulnerable Children 2013-2020.”
She therefore urged government at all levels to prioritise provision of social infrastructures in rural and urban settlements to mitigate Violence Against Children (VAC).

She opined that poor mental and physical health culminating from poverty were pointers to violence and urged government to do more to alleviate poverty by providing infrastructures.

The consultant said that her position was informed by the findings of a survey which revealed that most perpetrators of violence against children were overwhelmingly people that the children knew.

“For instance one in six girls and one in five boys experienced emotional violence by a parent, caregiver or adult relative of the children are also perpetrators of violence against children.

“Violence most commonly happens where children should be safe in their own homes, in neighbours’ homes, in schools and to and
from schools”, she said.

Participants at the seminar called on parents to always report cases of abuse and violence against children to the appropriate authorities while the courts should allow coverage of such cases with assurances that victims’ identity would be protected

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FG declares its readiness to deploy 5G network after precautionary measures

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FG declares its readiness to deploy 5G network after precautionary measures

By Aminci Audu

The minister of communications and Digital Economy Isah Ali Pantami has declared that Nigeria is ready for 5th Generation Network (5G) as long as the major challenges are taken care of.

Pantami spoke yesterday, at a one day investigative hearing on the present status of 5G network organised by the joint Senate committee on communication, sScience and Technology, ICT and Cybercrime and Primary Healthcare and Communicable Diseases.

The minister in his presentation allayed the fear among Nigerians over the planned deployment of the network saying the Federal Government has taken all necessary precautions by investigating through research and trial on all issues raised.

He said “The position is that we are almost at the final stage. So now, Nigeria is ready for 5G as long as we address the major challenges.”

“We have not gotten there, wether we will deploy 5G but we are on track conducting research, investigations, engaging stakeholders and definitely if all issues are addressed, the executive will support the deployment of 5G in Nigeria.”

He noted that so far no negative impacts has been established from the research and trial carried both locally and at the international level. 

On the speculation that the 5G network escalated the COVID-19 he said there is no link between 5G and COVID-19.
“And there is no relationship between 5G and any desease. The only issue being raised usually is about radiation.  But people don’t realise that the radiation of 4G is more harmful than that of 5G. 
“The radiation of microwave oven at home is more harmful than that of the 5G. The radiation of even the smart phone itself is even more harmful that that of 5G

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SELF backs Sylva over choice of Saipem on Bonny NLNG Train 7 contract

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The South-south Emerging Leaders Forum (SELF) has faulted allegations of wrong doing leveled against the Minister of State for Petroleum Chief Timipre Sylva over the choice of Saipem, an Italian firm to handle the Bonny NLNG Train 7 contract.

SELF in a statement argued that the deal also endorsed by the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Local Content Board Engr. Simbi Wabote was in the best interest of the country.

SELF position was in response to an online publication which accused the duo of bribe taking running into millions of naira in the deal.

SELF warned the publisher of the medium , Mr Jackson Ude, to desist from blackmailing leaders of the South-south extraction in a bid to score political goals.

Urging the Publisher of the online medium to show proof his allegation, SELF noted: “We strongly condemn the allegation leveled by Pointblanknews.com and its sponsors, this is highly condemnable and viewed as a sponsored plot to instigate hate against the Minister and derail his concentrations.

“This is ridiculous and belittling of Jackson Ude, the face behind this blackmail for being petty to the ground level for publishing tissues of lies about the persons of Timipre Sylva and Simbi Wabote.

“Nigerians should not believe this and throw it into the dust bin. It’s incumbent on all well-meaning Nigerians to support the positive drive of Minister and collaborate with him, towards the actualization of the onerous task at stake.

“Although Jackson Ude and his medium Pointblanknews.com are criminally known for thriving in the business of blackmail, especially against the officeholders from the Niger Delta region. But this forum will henceforth resist this criminality by deploying all known instrumental of law to fight the faces behind these tissues of lies.

“This Forum is using this medium to warn the likes of Jackson Ude to stay away from Nigeria and the South-south most especially if they are not ready to turn a new leaf because the business of blackmail has long become outdated and unpopular.”

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Great relief as Kidnapped Punch reporter, Nnodim regains freedom

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Great relief as Kidnapped Punch reporter, Nnodim regains freedom


It was a great relief for journalists, family members, friends and well wishers when the news filtered in that the Punch Newspapers reporter, Victor Okechukwu Nnodim who was kidnapped from his residence in Kubwa, Bwari Area Council on Thursday has regained freedom.

He was released almost 48hours hours after his abduction alongside two other neighbours who were also abducted.
It was gathered early hours of Sunday that he has been released and in high spirits.

The media world was jolted by the news of his abduction, as many turned prayer warriors supplicating for his freedom without any harm

His abductors, NationaUpdate learnt later communicated with his elder sister who resides in Lagos demanding for N10 million.

At the time of this report it could not be ascertained if ransom was paid before he regained freedom, but colleagues made efforts to contributed money towards his release, when it became obvious that the kidnappers were bent on collecting ransom.

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